Antimicrobial peptides in defence of the oral and respiratory tracts.

Abstract

Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are components of complex host secretions, acting synergistically with other innate defence molecules to combat infection and control resident microbial populations throughout the oral cavity and respiratory tract. AMPs are directly antimicrobial, bind lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and lipoteichoic acid, and are immunomodulatory… (More)

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